The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, or IFPI, has released its annual report on global music consumption, and while it includes some encouraging figures about the adoption of legal streaming, there are startling numbers about the extent of music piracy.
According to the study, 34% of all 16-to-24-year-old music listeners surveyed admitted to using “stream ripping” apps or services to illegally copy music. When all respondents (ages 16 to 64) are factored in, the overall number of admitted stream rippers globally is 23%.
Stream ripping “is now the most prevalent form of online music copyright infringement,” the study proclaims.
The numbers for general copyright infringement are not that higher — 38% in the younger demo had used illegal services in the last month, and 27% among overall age groups — confirming the study’s statement that stream-ripping is by far the most prevalent form of music piracy in 2019.
But in more positive news, the numbers for legitimate music streaming continue to trend upward, with nearly all-inclusive figures for the youngest demographics and higher rates of increase for older listeners who might have been streaming holdouts.
For the first time, more than half of all global listeners in the 35-64-year-old age group had used streaming in the past month. The figure for that grown-up demographic was 54% — up 8% from 2018.